Tips For Testifying In Court

Use the following tips when testifying in court.

  1. Simply tell the truth. No one remembers everything, and if you do not know the answer to a question, just say that you do not know or do not remember.
  2. Listen carefully to the question and answer slowly and clearly.
  3. If you do not understand a question, ask that it be repeated.
  4. Answer only the questions asked. Do not offer additional information or opinions unless asked.
  5. If an attorney objects to a question wait until the judge indicates whether you should give an answer.
  6. Remember to dress appropriately.
  7. It is natural to be nervous. Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself and try to avoid nervous mannerisms.